As soon as summer changes your gear from hot to blazing hot, one health hack remains universal: stay hydrated. But do you know that you can drink a gallon of water just fine, but that won’t necessarily keep your electrolytes up? That’s because what can all the water do? That’s why you can also turn to ORS, also known as oral rehydration solutions.
They not only rescue you from dehydration, but also help keep you energized and upbeat.
You should know that dehydration, or the loss of excess water from the body, is becoming more common among children and adults, due to diarrhea, vomiting and increased temperature. If left untreated, dehydration can become a medical emergency. ORS, also called oral rehydration salts, is an oral treatment solution that can help with symptoms of moderate dehydration. ORS contain a specific amount of glucose and electrolytes such as potassium and sodium, as well as water.
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You see, how this oral rehydration solution can be a savior. So, come on, let’s explore what makes it a must-have during the summer.
All about ORS
ORS therapy is a popular and effective home treatment option for both children and adults. It is commonly used to treat dehydration in children caused by diarrhea, cholera, or lack of water intake. In fact, over the years, ORS has helped reduce the number of children dying from diarrhea or cholera due to quick and easy rehydration.
“Excessive sweating causes your body to lose water and electrolytes, but glucose is not a component of sweat. Glucose is a source of energy for the body and is used by cells during exercise, jogging and walking. Unlike sugar or glucose treatment for dehydration, ORS ensures proper electrolyte balance for recovery by combining salt and glucose. As a result, taking ORS is preferable to drinking glucose water alone,” suggests Dr. Neeraj Arora, Senior Consultant Pediatrics and Neonatology, Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi.
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But why do we need ORS?
The purpose of the liquid solution is to rehydrate and replace excess fluid, salt, and glucose loss in the body caused by dehydration. In particular, the precise combination of electrolytes and sugar in ORS is optimal for maximizing the absorption of fluids needed in the gastrointestinal tract, unlike water and other hydration drinks.
“Second, ORS are readily available in powder packets, tablets, and drinks at local pharmacies. If commercial ORS are not available or inaccessible, mixing can easily be done at home.
That is how:
For a glass, take half a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of sugar. Now mix it well. Ta-da, your SRO is ready. You can add a little lemon if you want.
However, the proportions of the ingredients must be controlled, since too much salt can be harmful. It is important to note that the consumption of ORS has a significant impact and results in a short period of time. As a result, ORS can be used not only to treat diarrhea or other disease-related dehydration, but also as a general source of hydration,” suggests Dr. Arora.
The recommended dose of ORS may vary based on age, severity of dehydration, and pre-existing medical conditions such as kidney disease or diabetes. In most cases, ORS can be taken without medical advice. However, if you are unsure about ORS use or experience side effects such as vomiting, nausea, weakness, or excessive thirst, you should seek appropriate medical advice.
ORS is the key to protect yourself from the harsh summer and heat wave
Overall, ORS is a safe and cost-effective treatment option for dehydration caused by diarrhea and other illnesses in people of all ages. Due to its optimal ratio of water, salt and sugar, it is superior to other hydration methods, such as water or glucose treatments. As a result, people should take advantage of this easily accessible and effective treatment option for timely prevention and treatment of dehydration.
So ladies, carry a sachet or tetra of ORS with you and sip it when you feel run down.